Korea Training Course

We are counting the days and getting ready for this important training (International Training Course for Plant Genetic Resources and Genebank Management) that will happen during 7-18 September in Suwon, Korea.

We are planning to test our website and get feedback from the 15 participants coming from various Southeast Asian countries with a wide range of genebank expertise, while teaching and disseminating useful technical information. We hope this kind of web knowledge platform will be useful for this type of learning and exchange of experiences. We already know a little bit about you (participants) from the questionnaires you kindly filled and sent to us to help organize the information for the course.

We had skype meetings amongst our little group involved on the development of the website this week and several emails exchanges to tune the lectures related to the website and the website itself.

We are going to proceed in the next few days to have as much information as possible and links ready to make the most of this first opportunity to interact face to face with potential users and contributors of the website. Do not be surprise if things look a bit different (hopefully for the better!) if you happened to have browsed the site last week.

We have been also quite busy preparing some feedback forms to handout during the course to capture a wide diversity of information.

The organizers of the course (Rural Development Administration, National Agrobiodiversity Center and Bioversity International) have been doing an excellent job in coordinating and compiling useful technical (the technical handouts are very comprehensive and informative) as well as practical information on the RDA genebank website link dedicated to the participants. It is often not easy for many of us to find directions and addresses in foreign countries where often language barriers can difficult travelers. The maps and tips provided look really good!

We have been very pleased with all the support we have received from all members of the team. Many of you (team members) will not physically participate in the course but have been deeply involved and dedicated to prepare hand outs, presentations, leaflets, questionnaires and so much background work. It has been great to work with such a good team (although sometimes it can take several email exchanges until a consensus is reached…)  

We are looking forward to meet all of you (participants and colleagues) in a few days!

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